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If you could see all of the activity around me today, you would know that the answer to that question is “yes.”  Of course I would say that as a librarian, but the last few days have brought home to me how much our services are needed.

There is so much information available on the internet that people need someone to sort through information for them.  Librarians find creditable sources and libraries pay to use online databases that the general public cannot afford as individual  subscriptions.  Yesterday I showed a mother the Tumblebooks link on our kids page.  With a computer, children can see the pages of picture books on which the words are highlighted while the computer reads the text aloud.  I also explained the Maker Lab to a very excited patron.These are two of the many resources you can access with your library card.  We offer e-books and audiobooks that can be downloaded to your mp3 player through Overdrive, streaming movies from Hoopla, magazines through Flipster, music downloads through Freegal and a language learning program called Mango.  All of these services can be accessed from home through whatever internet device you own.

We currently have two terrific apps for your mobile device: the ACPL mobile app lets you browse the catalog, check the events calendar, store your library card info and renew books with a touch of your screen; the family app has games, information and much more to offer to parents of young children.  You currently need to have an Apple device to access the family app, but I’m told it will be available for android in the future.

Libraries are gathering points for the community.  Parents attend the same story times each week with their children and make friends with other parents.  Groups use our meeting rooms for quilting, dance, yoga, scrap-booking and, of course, meetings.  ACPL has its own theater and art gallery. There are also live music concerts throughout the year.  This summer ACPL again offers Rock the Plaza concerts outdoors on Saturday evenings.  Oh, by the way, we also have books.

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discoverysettlem00fils_0010Book Review:  The Discovery, Settlement, and Present State of Kentucke by John Filson.

~Contributed by Jeff, Internet Archive

Written in 1784, this book’s an oldie but a goodie!  While not part of ACPL’s print collection, we digitized it, and it can be read online by clicking the title or the cover image.

The Discovery, Settlement, and Present State of Kentucke  came to us from the University of Pittsburgh’s Darlington Collection.  One of the many fascinating things about this book is that a previously unknown letter written by Daniel Boone was discovered inside this volume when we digitized it!

This book is a fascinating account of Daniel Boone’s adventures, his dealings with the Indians including his capture and his escape, and his impressions of their lifestyle and culture.  Click here to skip ahead to a brief mention of the “Mawmee” Indians.

If you like regional history, this book’s definitely worth a read!  And if you’re interested in an overview of the Internet Archive itself, click here.

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By Nancy

Holiday DVDs are flying off our shelves at all of our library locations.  This holiday season is our first since we started offering streaming movies via Hoopla.  So in case you can’t make it in to the library because of your busy holiday schedule or just want to stay in out of the cold, don’t forget that ACPL resident library cardholders can borrow up to six movies each month via the library’s free streaming move service, Hoopla.  You can borrow each title for 72 hours.  Those under 18 may borrow those movies rated G through PG-13.

holidayhooplamoviesSo scope out the selections (consider scrolling through the lists of “Festive Family Flicks” and “Holidays with Heart”) and plan your six checkouts for November and six checkouts for December.    You can do all of your searching now, adding titles to your Favorites so you don’t have to remember which titles you wanted to view at a later date.  Once you’ve added the titles as Favorites, when you are ready to watch a movie, just Sign In, go to My Titles and then Favorites to pull up the list of movies you added to your Favorites list.  Click on the cover for the detailed information and then click borrow to start your 72-hour loan period.

If you need any assistance using Hoopla, please call us at 421-1210.  Hoopla requires you to sign up or register for an account using your email address, a password you create for Hoopla, and your library card number.  Once you have created your Hoopla account, you will Sign In with your email address and the password you created.

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So anyway, at some point during the winter that never ends while I’m stuck inside, roads are closed, businesses and schools are shut down, and I’m stuffing high-caloric comfort food down my throat, I decided to pull out my favorite comfort book — Lord of Scoundrels, by Loretta Chase. Written in 1995, this book always makes me feel good, and as years go by it has held up very well. I do believe it is my all-time favorite romance book.

Now because winter isn’t going away, I decided to read the connecting books. When Ms. Chase first wrote these books it was not with the intent to have a series as we know them today. Nonetheless, they are connected and they all have just recently been released electronically. They are The Lion’s Daughter, Captives of the Night, The Last Hellion, and the novella The Mad Earl’s Bride. Except for The Lion’s Daughter the books’ timelines run simultaneously — give or take a few months here and there. The Lion’s Daughter takes place 10 years prior to the others in the series.

If you want to read them in order, the first would be The Lion’s Daughter (1992). And, if this had been the only Loretta Chase book I had ever read, it might have been the last of hers I LorettaChase_TheLionsDaughterwould have picked up. Luckily for me, I had been reading her traditional regencies, so I was aware of how very good her writing was/is. Don’t get me wrong, The Lion’s Daughter isn’t a bad book; it just has the feel of an author’s first book. The kind of first book in which an author wants to cram as much action/adventure and subplot into approximately 300 pages as possible. This is a road trip book, and if you’ve ever wanted to visit Albania then this book is for you. All the wandering through the landscape of Albania makes this book move at a snail’s pace and limits the development of much of the chemistry between our hero, Varian, and our heroine, Esme.

Before I go any further let me talk about one of the villains of this piece, Ismal. Ismal turns into Comte d’Esmond in Captives of the Night and becomes the hero of that book. However, here is an example of why bad boys don’t always make good heroes. It’s hard for me to think of Ismal/Esmond as the same guy … he’s really horrible in The Lion’s Daughter and no epiphany of any kind could make this obsessive thug anything but a scary man.

However, in this book our hero, Varian, is a typical romance rake. He has no money and spends most of his time living off of others, and he also has the problem eyesight of numerous romance rakes, you know the astigmatism that causes one to mistake a girl for a boy. Which leads me to our little Esme.

Oh, little Esme, she is small for her age, which is 18. And, that right there sent shudders down my spine … I have a problem with young heroines, especially when the heroes are 10 years older. Anyway, she’s small and in Romanceland that means when you put a pair of pants on you will be mistaken for a 9-year-old boy, which is what she does. And then that 9-year-old boy proceeds to run all over Albania getting into one jam after another — sometimes with Varian and sometimes not. Of course, Varian is concerned because he thinks he’s got a hankering for boys, then when he finds out she isn’t a boy and is just small, he thinks he has a hankering for little girls. Then when he finds out she’s 18, he breaths a sign of relief. Now it’s OK to have lascivious thoughts about his fellow traveler. By the way, there is a 9-year-old boy, Percival, wandering through Albania with a secret chess piece … just too much going on.

I was disappointed in this reread. There were too many convoluted plots going on. Too many outside conflicts to meander through. This book had too many secrets to wade through, too many ends to be tied and it just wasn’t any fun. Too too too.

Time/Place: Albania, England 1818
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